Voluntary Action Arun & Chichester

Events & Training

Please view our upcoming events and training below.

Upcoming Events

Thu 22 February 2024

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting: Creating a Valuable Volunteer Experience - The Ever-Changing Volunteer Journey

Arundel Wetland Centre (10.30am -12.30pm)

Richard Harris, Volunteer Manager from Age UK West Sussex, Brighton & Hove, will lead this session on creating a valuable volunteer experience – for you and your volunteers. Things Richard will talk about will include: the volunteering process, from advertising to recruitment and beyond; how to have a successful volunteer induction process; training for the volunteers; and retaining your volunteers. There will also be time for a discussion to share your positive and negative experiences, and how we can learn from and build on this to give the best volunteer journey possible.

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Fri 23 February 2024

Improving lives: Working together to improve access to and experiences of healthcare for minority ethnic communities

Bognor Regis Library (11am - 1pm)

Join us to continue the discussions about how the NHS can work with minority ethnic communities to improve access to, and experiences of, healthcare services in Sussex.

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Sat 24 February 2024

Improving lives: Working together to improve access to and experiences of healthcare for minority ethnic communities

Chichester Baptist Church (10.30am - 12.30pm)

Join us to continue the discussions about how the NHS can work with minority ethnic communities to improve access to, and experiences of, healthcare services in Sussex.

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Wed 28 February 2024

Wreath of Friendship Art Workshops (Workshop 4 of 6)

West Ashling and Funtington District Hall (11am - 1pm)

Join us for a series of workshops to bring together Ukrainians and locals and create flowers which will be used for a decorative wreath. UK-based Ukrainian artist, Irma Latsanych, will lead the workshops, and then will assemble all the flowers into a wreath in which every flower will be made by a member of the local community. The wreath will represent friendship, support, and mutual respect. With the “Wreath of Friendship” project we offer an opportunity to enhance already existing connections and create new ones! We invite Ukrainians and members of the local community in general, and hosting families in particular, to book in, meet and engross themselves in art for 2 hours. There will be six dates and locations to choose from, so book onto which is most convenient for you.

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Wed 28 February 2024

Fundraiser Network Meeting - Meet the Funder: The National Lottery Community Fund

Bognor Regis Town Hall (10am -11.30am)

Come and meet local funding officers, Wren Davies and Claire Webley, who will give a presentation covering the new strategy – It Starts With Community; and the Awards for All, Reaching Communities and Partnerships funding programmes. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end. This will be followed by 1:1’s with Wren and Claire.

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Thu 14 March 2024

Chichester Networking event

Chichester District Council Offices (10am - 11.30am)

This is a face to face networking event for all our members to catch up; so come and chat with other organisations and share your experiences and knowledge. You will have a chance to: - Meet other VAAC members and partners in the Arun and Chichester area - Showcase your work - Find out what support is available to your organisation

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Thu 21 March 2024

Trustee Training – Fundraising options for your organisation

Online - via Zoom (6pm - 8pm)

During this session we will consider: - What are the different fundraising options open to you? - How do you know which options are right for your organisation? - What are the practical first steps you can take to diversify your income? - How can you support everyone in the organisation to help with fundraising? This training is being delivered by Lucy Stone of No Stone Unturned

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Wed 17 April 2024

Fundraising Training: Prospecting and Research: How do you find the right funders for you?

Online (via Zoom) (10am - 11.30am)

This is the first of a series of training sessions being delivered by Lucy Stone of No Stone Unturned Fundraising. How can you do great research about Trusts, Foundations and Grants before you make an application? Where do you look for information and vitally – what is that information telling you? We will explore a range of FREE and paid resources and how to make the most of them. You will also leave the session knowing how to use the Charity Commission website for your Trust fundraising research.

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Tue 23 April 2024

Coffee Connections - Special Funding Edition!

Dove Lodge Community Resource Centre (10am - 12noon - drop-in)

You are invited along to our next Coffee Connections, our peer-to-peer support drop-in sessions for anyone working with or supporting volunteers. This time, in addition we have the opportunity to come and meet with our Development Advisor, Nina, to ask advice on all things funding!

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Tue 14 May 2024

Fundraising Training: Measuring your Impact: Making the most of your evaluation and monitoring for your fundraising.

Online (via Zoom) (1pm - 2.30pm)

Our second in this series of fundraising training sessions with Lucy Stone. In this session we will explore ● Why do you need to talk about impact? ● What's the difference between impact, outcomes, outputs and inputs? ● How do you develop an evaluation framework? ● What is a Theory of Change and do you need one? ● What are the different ways you can use the data and stories that you collect?

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Thu 13 June 2024

Fundraising Training: Writing for Impact: How can you make your applications and letters to trusts and foundations stand out?

Online (via Zoom) (10am - 11.30am)

This session is about how to make your writing and applications clearer and stand out. We will use examples to highlight key information and explore the common traps people fall into.

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Tue 16 July 2024

Fundraising Training: Ask Lucy Anything About Fundraising!

Online (via Zoom) (1pm - 2.30pm)

Can come with any questions about fundraising and Lucy will do what she can to help you! We can talk about anything! Come and share your success and frustrations, ask questions and let’s learn together!

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Thu 19 September 2024

Fundraising Training: Untapped Fundraising Potential: How can you find new ways to raise funds?

Online (via Zoom) (10am - 11.30am)

Many not-for-profits start their fundraising journey with Trusts and Foundations before exploring new ways to raise funds. However, many are unsure how to start individual giving, major donor or challenge events fundraising. That is where this session can help! We will explore how to ● Understand your untapped potential for new income streams. ● Recognise what you need to do to ‘get your ducks a row’. ● Create a plan that you can implement and sustain long term.

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Tue 15 October 2024

Fundraising Training: Managing your relationships with your donors and funders.

Online (via Zoom) (10am - 11.30am)

In this session we will explore ● developing relationships so funders and donors are long term partners ● how to understand and exceed funders requirements and expectations ● create a relationship management and stewardship plan that you can achieve and sustain long term

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Can’t find the courses you need?

VAAC would like to know what your training needs are, to help us plan future training courses. Please contact us with your ideas at:
Email: admin@vaac.org.uk
Phone: 01243 840305

Upcoming Events

Thursday 22 February

Volunteer Co-ordinators Meeting: Creating a Valuable Volunteer Experience - The Ever-Changing Volunteer Journey

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Friday 23 February

Improving lives: Working together to improve access to and experiences of healthcare for minority ethnic communities

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